Farmers and rural residents are encouraged to attend Farm Bill Listening Sessions scheduled in six Iowa communities in February. One session is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Pomeroy Community Center, across from City Hall at 114 S. Ontario, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed to gather input from rural Iowans on what they would like to see included in the 2007 federal farm bill. The project is funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and is sponsored by the Iowa Farmers Union Education Foundation, Center for Rural Affairs, and League of Rural Voters.
Participants will be asked to comment on various policy topics including conservation, commodity payments, beginning farmer initiatives, rural development and trade policy. Comments will be summarized and distributed to participants, legislators and other policy makers in the spring. Participants also will be given information to help them discuss farm bill and agricultural issues with their legislators.
These meetings are non-partisan, free, and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Light refreshments will be served.
Please contact the Iowa Farmers Union Education Foundation at 800-775-5227 for more information.
The Iowa Farmers Union Education Foundation (IFUEF) was formed in 1999 with a 501(c)3 status to help meet increased needs for education among farmers, rural residents, and consumers. Its mission statement is: "To promote a viable system of sustainable agriculture and high quality of life in rural communities through education of farmers, rural residents, and urban consumers; cooperation among farmers; and community activism."